Latino clergy and civic leaders met with new Schools CEO Ron Huberman today to discuss their concerns about issues affecting Latino students. About 15 pastors and leaders discussed the lack of Latino teachers and principals, as well as the high Latino dropout rate, the lack of Internet access at schools that serve Latino children, and the need for more early childhood education. Latinos comprise 39 percent of the CPS student population, but just 13 percent of teachers and principals; the dropout rate for Latinos is 40 percent. The group plans to meet with Huberman again in six to eight weeks. A Latino education summit is in the works, says Rev. Wilfredo de Jesus of New Life Covenant Ministries, who organized the Feb. 12 meeting.

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